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Dealing with North Korea: has the US run out of options?

North Korea fired an ICBM – Inter Continental ballistic Missile – into the Sea of Japan on Friday, while calling the bluff of the Trump administration and the response came in the all too familiar pattern: initial well-hackneyed condemnation, followed by threat of more sanctions, live fire grills near the DMZ – the demilitarized zone between the North and the South – and of course, coaxing China to rein in its neighbour.

Dealing with North Korea: has the US run out of options?
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Poland to Remove Supreme Court Judges: an unprecedented move in a major democracy in the EU

The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), which is hell bent on taking on the Supreme Court Judges, is slowly approaching their desired goal of a complete overhaul of the Judiciary, starting from the apex court.

Poland to Remove Supreme Court Judges: an unprecedented move in a major democracy in the EU
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Fall of Mosul: challenge before Iraqis outweighs the victory

Mosul in Iraq, the second largest city, has fallen – and in full ruins; Raqqa in Syria will suffer the same fate in the next few weeks, sounding the death knell for the ambition of the ISIS in their quest for establishing a mythical caliphate encompassing Iraq and a large part of Syria.

Fall of Mosul: challenge before Iraqis outweighs the victory
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British General Election: Theresa May’s gamble that didn’t pay off

Theresa May, the British Prime Minister who narrowly survived the general election on Thursday, is walking a tight rope at present, while knowing very well that knives are out for her and a challenge could arise at any time against the leader of the Conservative Party – and her premiership.

British General Election: Theresa May’s gamble that didn’t pay off
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President Trump’s Trip to Europe: New Alpha Male in Town

Having completed a very successful diplomatic endeavour in the Middle East with his reputation for being a deal maker intact, President Trump visited the Vatican, Brussels and Italy in that order to wind up his 9-day, first-ever foreign trip as the leader of the US.

President Trump’s Trip to Europe: New Alpha Male in Town
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Comey’s Fall and Trump’s Decisiveness

There seems to be no better public official in the US than James Comey, the former boss of the FBI, who could explain what it was like to be between a rock and a hard place during a crucial phase of one’s career.

Comey’s Fall and Trump’s Decisiveness
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The French Election 2017:

The old cliché that there is a woman behind every successful man, is an evolving one: those who take it as gospel truth, often cite the statistics in support of the saying; those who are dead against it, on the other hand, believe it is because women do not run behind unsuccessful men; then there are men, for instance, like Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, who throughout his active political life implied there is, in fact, not just one, but a tribe of them behind every successful man.

The French Election 2017:
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Nuclear Deterrence: a meaningless short-cut to complacency?

The short-lived supremacy enjoyed by the United States from 1945 to 1949, owing to its possession of nuclear weapons, was almost on a par with the caveman, who first invented a spear. As for the latter, the gratification came to an abrupt end, as soon as his rival invented a shield to keep the threat at bay.

Nuclear Deterrence:  a meaningless short-cut to complacency?
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Mike Pence: President Trump’s Conduit to the Real World

As President Trump’s media-invented metric, 100-day-in-office, is just around the corner and his modus operandi, both at home and abroad, is under intense scrutiny as never before, the Republican administration may have felt the need of someone, who could handle the delicate job of interpreting what their boss actually means, when the latter spells the policies out – either on Twitter or in a hastily arranged news conference before a selective audience.

Mike Pence: President Trump’s Conduit to the Real World
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Trump’s MOAB Strategy: is it a shoal of red herrings?

By dropping a MOAB – Massive Ordnance Air Blast – bomb, a perfect acronym for mother of all bombs, in Afghanistan against IS out of the blue, the United States left its real motive for the sudden move in the foggy aftermath of the blast - to be interpreted, by both friends and foes alike.

Trump’s MOAB Strategy: is it a shoal of red herrings?
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